Brodie discovers a true dog and horse lover- #1

So…here comes President’s Day and of course, my golden retriever research has taken me to a spot in history that celebrates not just #1…but the fact that George Washington loved dogs and horses.

Painting of George Washington in battle uniform sitting his saddle on the back of his horse "Old Blueskin"
Painting of George Washington on the back of Old Blueskin

His favorite horse was Nelson, a chestnut with a white blaze…a steady stead…unflappable during Revolutionary War gunfire.  Then there was Old Blueskin who was a high-handed gray…oh you know Blueskin…you’ve seen very famous paintings of “The Father of Our Nation” on the back of the gray.

#1, loved dogs so much… after loosing a hard fought battle to the British…his aide-to-camp, Alexander Hamilton brought him a small dog found on the battlefield.  The dog wore a collar showing General Howe as the owner…the owner who had just defeated the fighting Americans.  George…with haste…hand wrote a note to Howe and sent it along with the dog…safely returning the four-legged friend to the victor.  What a golden guy!!!

Still more dog love…well GW raised hounds and it is thought that he perfected the breed of the American Hound.

My dog paws are celebrating President’s Day by reading on about GW and his love for our country…and his animals. Golden wishes to you.

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